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Old 12-09-2012, 09:11 AM   #16
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My daughter and her friend will be just shy of 14 when we cruise. Will they be able to choose between Edge and the 14-17 Teen club? Or are they to young for the teen club? I'm afraid they'll feel to old for Edge and might prefer the club for older teens.
I think you are on the same cruise as us (I saw your post in the Cruise Meets) and my DD will also be "just shy" of 14. Her birthday is in March. I had read in other posts that if their birthdays are within 2-3months of the cruise they will let them move up. I'm going to try this since her brother is 15 (just shy of 16) and they would prefer to stay together. She is a mature 13/14 year old anyway (think like Alex - the middle sister - on Modern Family We make that comparison every time we watch the show.)
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:00 PM   #17
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Absolutely, your 12 can choose to be in the Lab with your 8 and 10 year old. As to allowing the 10 year old to move up....maybe. I wish DCL would quit allowing this because a 10 year old in elementary school really doesn't fit with a 13 year old middle school kid, and the 2 year overlap should allow for most needs. The problem comes in when the older kids get frustrated with all the "too young" ones in the group, and then they don't want to participate.

Do realize that if your 10 and 12s split for the tween programming, that leaves the 8 year old alone? It seems more fair to allow the 12 to choose to be with her siblings or not rather than to place the 8 year old who will have no choice in the matter to be on her own. But that's a personal opinion, and YOU know your kids better than anyone else. You are the best one to decide who belongs where.
I worry about this too. My kids are 4, 8, 12. Ideally I'd like them to all be together, but I'm ok if my 12 wants to go in the 11-14 club. I'm unsure of my 4 year being in kids club alone
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:17 PM   #18
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I worry about this too. My kids are 4, 8, 12. Ideally I'd like them to all be together, but I'm ok if my 12 wants to go in the 11-14 club. I'm unsure of my 4 year being in kids club alone
Your 4 and 8 year olds can choose to participate in activities together. The Club and Lab are no longer age segregated. The activities are listed as "suggested for" a particular age, but any child is welcome to participate.

I'd let the 12 year old make the decision (with you) as to which area is more appropriate, especially given that the younger two will be together.

Sometimes a little separation can be good--it gives them something to share when they come together at dinner or in the cabin. And there are plenty of family activities that all ages can do together.
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:23 PM   #19
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Your 8 year old can stay with your 4 year old for as long as it takes you to get comfortable (or the whole time). You register one in the lab and one in the club, but a counsellor will walk them across the hall to the other club and make sure they are accounted for there any time they ask.

My 6 year old always wanted to go to the lab instead of the club and when I would go to pick her up at the club they would tell me she was in the lab and they would go and get her for me. She had a little friend that she met in club and they would ask and move to the lab together (they did love the club too, they just liked being able to move around).

I'm not sure they would want a 4 year old running around the lab, and it wouldn't be of that much interest to them, but they would have no trouble registering you 8 year old in the Lab, but letting her spend her time in the Club with your little one.

I bet that after the first day your 4 year old will be having so much fun he won't care who is around, and you will feel that he is safe there alone (and I am an overprotective Mom).
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:28 PM   #20
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Your 4 and 8 year olds can choose to participate in activities together. The Club and Lab are no longer age segregated. The activities are listed as "suggested for" a particular age, but any child is welcome to participate.

I'd let the 12 year old make the decision (with you) as to which area is more appropriate, especially given that the younger two will be together.

Sometimes a little separation can be good--it gives them something to share when they come together at dinner or in the cabin. And there are plenty of family activities that all ages can do together.
Oh I totally agree! Separation is fine when I know the people they are with . That's good to know that the club & lab are no longer split. I agree that my 12 DS will probably want to do the 11-14 club but he is visually impaired so I wonder how he will fit in. Regardless I am sure it will work out & everyone will have a blast!
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